7 GOOD REASONS TO GO GLUTEN FREE TODAY!

GLUTEN FREE

Gluten free diet is another phrase that gets thrown around a lot.  Gluten-free options exist for almost every food, including pizza! It would seem that the food industry has taken note of this very important diet restriction for some people and delivered. The question remains though. What about the rest of us? Should we go gluten-free as well? Is there any benefit? Or should we just not get on that bandwagon and leave it for the ones who REALLY need it, the coeliac sufferers?

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The answers to these questions start with first learning a bit about what Gluten actually is.

WHAT IS GLUTEN and WHAT IS COELIAC DISEASE?

 

Gluten is the name given to some proteins that are found in wheat including barley, rye, and oats. Spelt and other varieties of wheat also contain gluten. It has very little nutritional value. If you are a coeliac sufferer then you have an allergy or an intolerance to these proteins. Approximately 1:70 Australians suffer from Coeliac disease and apparently  a lot of people  don’t even know they have it or haven’t been officially diagnosed.

There is also what is known as ‘non coeliac gluten sensitivity’

The symptoms of coeliac disease are quite severe that some people need hospitalisation. The immune system reacts against the gluten causing a lot of problems.

These may include:

⇒ intestinal pain or discomfort

⇒ chronic diarrhoea  

⇒ constipation

⇒ fatigue

⇒ headache

⇒ bloating

REASONS FOR GLUTEN INTOLERANCE

 

There are several theories on why gluten intolerance or Coeliac disease exist and the following are the most talked about.

Firstly the human body hasn’t adequately adapted to these grasses and grains.

Secondly hybridisation of wheat has cause an increased amount of gluten. You need to remember the wheat of 1000’s of years ago is not what you are eating today. Modern wheat strains are created with irradiation of wheat seeds to form mutations. The wheat industry tries to make a product that is beneficial in their manufacturing process, not necessarily for your health benefits. 

Thirdly the volume of foods that contain grains or are grain based has increased

 

GOING GLUTEN FREE & WEIGHT LOSS

 

 

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As a general rule if you decide to simply substitute your gluten foods with non gluten varieties it is unlikely to have any weight loss benefits. Buying your ‘gluten-free’ breads, pastas, cakes, biscuits and muffins instead of the regular variety isn’t going to cut it.  In fact many ‘gluten free’ foods are high in sugar and fat and therefore calories. You might find yourself putting on more weight!

If however you eliminated wheat based foods then you would definitely lose weight as you would automatically reduce your carbohydrates as well. This would almost make your gluten-free diet carb free too.  Read all about carbs here and here.

 

7 GOOD REASONS TO GO GLUTEN (wheat) FREE

 

 1. Wheat is an appetite stimulant. Read about Dr William Davis and his book ‘Wheat belly’ here.

 

 2. Wheat is addictive too! Without confusing all of us with too much science, some components of gluten can cross the blood brain barrier and bind to the brain’s opiate receptors. What this means is that you get a ‘high’ leaving you wanting more. I would say this is definitely true for me!

 3. Wheat has starch that causes high blood sugar and therefore high insulin release. Insulin being a huge contributor to  weight gain, obesity and the development of diabetes 

 4. Wheat consists of proteins (WGA) that cause gut inflammation and digestive complaints, as we know with coeliacs, and gluten sensitivities.

 5. Leaky gut is associated with wheat. This means certain toxins ‘ leak ‘ into the bloodstream. This is associated with low-grade inflammation, which is an underlying characteristic of heart disease, cancer and autoimmune problems.

  6. There is a reduction in the absorption of zinc and iron in the body caused by phytate found in wheat.

 7. A high wheat diet is usually high GI. Read about it here.

I don’t know that I would need much more convincing! If you’re anything like me you could probably relate to some of the reasons I  have just mentioned.  I don’t see going ‘gluten free’ as choosing the ‘gluten free’ pasta instead of the regular one.  This is really another argument to support going low processed carb!  Most of our processed packaged food has wheat or is wheat based! In conclusion, eliminating processed foods still remains the best thing we can do when it comes to good health.  You can read more about going wheat free here.

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30 comments

  1. Yes having a low cal low carb diet along with gluten free is very important to lose weight. I have been mostly eating gluten and wheat free for last 5 months and its working great for me.

    1. Thats great. I find it difficult because I love everything that is high in gluten,carbs and calories!

  2. I am from Germany, a country where we eat a lot of bread!! I find it very hard to give up Gluten! However I make my own bread! But I think you have some very good points that should be considered!

    1. I agree, it would be difficult to cut all wheat/gluten out as it is in almost everything!

  3. The first point had my attention! I didn’t know that and glad I do now. I don’t eat a ton of bread, but I do eat other things that contain wheat. Didn’t realize all the effects it can have on the body. Thanks for sharing.

    xx
    Faith

    1. I think it’s good to know what is we’re actually eating and its effects. I’m glad you enjoyed it xx

  4. You have some amazing points, so many people don’t know what gluten free is either! Very informative post! xx

  5. Need to try this! Thanks for the tips!

    Xox,
    Farrah & London

    Londonhadalittlelamb.com

  6. Great article! I try to eat gluten free whenever I can as well. I often feel better and not as bloated when I eat gluten free products. I also agree bread should be limited when trying to lose weight. 🙂

  7. I didn’t sleep well last night and woke up starving so had a huge slice of toast and now I feel absolutely miserable! I know why! Great post and i totally agree this is something i am working on for my family x

    1. I always feel ‘blah’ after a lot of wheat based food even though I just love the taste, especially bread! Its an effort to avoid but worth it for well being xx

  8. There are so many other wonderful grains out there that are amazing for your health! People don’t necessarily have to cut it out of their diet completely but should incorporate other grains and seeds! Great post 🙂 xx

  9. Great blog and thank you for the encouragement! I’m definitely addicted to Gluten but trying so hard. I always feel better when I dont eat it. I’ll get there!

    1. It’s not hard to be addicted, I am too! I just have to remind myself how better I feel without it xx

  10. A great infomative post. Im not gluten intolerant but more gluten sensitive. It has taken years to figure out what my issue was.

    1. I never in thought I had issues until not eating gluten. I really noticed a difference in my whole digestion!

  11. I am so glad you brought up the fact it hasn’t got much of an effect if you’re trying to lose weight. The biggest misconception with us GF folk is that we’re doing it to be thinner! Sadly I have IBS and wheat and gluten are huge trigger foods for me.. I miss a big burger!

    1. I know going gluten free for some is not them following some ‘trend’. Glad you enjoyed the post xx

    1. Hehehe! I’ll assume you don’t have pizza every day, so that could work xx

  12. Nice article Dee. I am not intolerant to gluten. However, alternate days I try to get in the gluten free stuff like buckwheat, millet, etc

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